FLORIDA – The Mayo Clinic said Friday it had isolated a person with suspected Ebola infection from the hospital in Jacksonville and is now preparing for him to be tested for the virus.
The hospital’s health director, John B. Smith, said the person had recently been at the facility in Jacksonville, where he was seen being treated.
The man has not tested positive for Ebola.
He was treated and released to his family, Smith said.
Smith said the medical center is now looking for other people who may have come into contact with the person.
“We are continuing to work with the State Department, CDC and other federal partners in order to determine whether the person was infected and if there is an ongoing threat to the public,” Smith said in a statement.
The hospital said it has a “strong community and care-based approach to infectious diseases.”
Ebola is spread by direct contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids.